Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel was thrilled with their 1-0 victory regardless of admitting Zenit proved robust to crack, whereas Romelu Lukaku provided a prototypical striker’s response when requested about Antonio Rudiger’s solo run.
Chelsea toiled away for a lot of the competition versus Zenit till club-record signing Romelu Lukaku discovered the breakthrough. Picked out with an excellent cross by Cesar Azpilicueta, the Belgian hitman did what he does greatest when glancing the ball contained in the far submit.
With a lead lastly gained, the Blues then set about doing what they do greatest as a collective unit – maintaining clear sheets.
Zenit pushed for an equaliser however their efforts had been finally in useless as Chelsea started their Champions League marketing campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Talking to BT Sport after the match, Tuchel stated: “It was not irritating. It was robust towards very robust opponents. We needed to work actually onerous. I felt an enormous depth from us which we delivered to the sport.
“We struggled a bit to create probabilities and pictures within the first half. Within the second half it was a bit simpler to search out areas and shoot. It was a deserved win. Hard-earned. It took us some time to make them drained however I appreciated what I noticed.
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“You want the power from the gang and it was a unbelievable ambiance.
“It was a wonderful header [from Lukaku for the goal], a effectively timed cross by Azpilicueta. He was courageous sufficient to step up and we had our bodies within the field. That’s why he [Lukaku] is right here. He likes to attain and he’s decisive for us.
“We anticipated a tricky sport as a result of it’s the best competitors in Europe and it’s the Russian champions.
“We needed to be at our high degree. I’m comfortable as a result of we needed to work so much. It was not simple. It’s robust to carry out constantly at that degree.
“Successful is nice for our perception. We’re not completed however we’re in a great place to enhance. Step one is finished. However there are 5 extra matches to go [in the group stage].”
Lukaku provides predictable response to Rudiger run
Chelsea matchwinner Lukaku additionally spoke to the press, telling BT Sport: “I’m actually proud of the win. Immediately was a greater efficiency than the weekend. We have now to continue to grow.”
“Me and Cesar [Azpilicueta] agree on sure kind of actions on the pitch. I needed to get my timing proper but it surely was a phenomenal ball by him. We knew it might be robust sport however we managed it rather well.”
Concerning Rudiger’s very good solo run which nearly led to a aim, Lukaku joked: “I anticipated the ball on the finish! It was good. It received the workforce and the gang going.”
When requested what successful the Champions League with Chelsea could be like, the Belgian concluded: “One sport at a time. Immediately is the primary sport. Now we have now a troublesome sport on the weekend towards Tottenham.”
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